An apparent contradiction between theology and natural science arises from the Bible's claim that God created the world, all kinds of plants and animals, and, finally, man, as the image of Himself, out of nothing. In contrast to this, the predominant view amongst contemporary natural scientists is that everything has originated by chance, through the self-organisation of matter, in a process of 'death and becoming'.
Since natural scientists cannot demonstrate this evolutionary process in the present time experimentally, they claim that this process took place over millions of years. Therefore it is important to know whether the world, the cosmos, the plants and animals, and especially man, really came into being over these enormous periods of time.
In the Spring of 2009, 23rd February, an interesting workshop for experts in philosophy and natural science took place in Rome under the auspices of the National Research Council of Italy, entitled 'Evolutionary Theory: A Critical Analysis'. As a continuation of this important initiative, Gustav Siewerth Academy organised a follow-up conference for experts in theology, philosophy and natural science from 7th-10th September, 2009.
This conference dealt primarily with the question: "How tenable are the arguments for the evolution of man and the universe over long ages of time?"
The assembled experts demonstrated that the evolutionary arguments brought forth by the majority of contemporary scientists contradict the acknowledged Laws of Nature and, therefore, can be refuted scientifically.
Their presentations are contained in this enlightening book, Evolution Theory and the Sciences: A Critical Examination.